Building your own swimming pool

Autumn is the right time to switch from project mode to actually building your pool! It's a project that needs to be carefully thought through to avoid unpleasant surprises: a feasibility study, choice of professionals, submission and approval of the building permit, choice of materials and equipment, and project management all take several months to get a pool that lives up to your dreams! What's more, good builders have full order books, because all customers are like you: they're dreaming of enjoying their pool for the next season! Here's some advice on how to make your project a reality.

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What are the criteria for building a pool?

Some of your decisions will have an impact not only on your construction budget, but also on your energy and water consumption over the long term.

Whar are the costs ?

  • Anticipate construction costs The pool construction budget has several strands
    1. Feasibility study
    2. Building permit application
    3. Purchase of materials / equipment
    4. The workforce
    5. Landscaping, earthworks, etc.
  • Anticipate construction costs :
    1. The shape, size and depth of your pool will have an impact on your annual electricity and water consumption. To make the right choice, think about how you'll be using your pool today. Will it be the same in 10 or 15 years' time?
    2. You should also consider the orientation of your pool. Elements such as wind, sun (heat, UV) and surrounding trees have a daily impact on the balance of the water, and therefore on your consumption of chemicals.
    3. Not to mention the type of water treatment. Among the most common treatments there are Chlorine, bromine and finally salt treatment.

Average costs of building a swimming pool

  • For an above-ground pool,, budgetbetween €1,500 and €10,000 on average, depending on the pool's surface area.
  • Budget : For an above ground pool,the budget is between 1500 € and 10 000 € on average, depending on the size of the pool. The construction of a semi in-ground or in-ground pool requires a larger budget ranging from €6000 to €45,000. The size of the pool and the materials used affect the cost of construction.
  • In conclusion, the choice of materials and the type of liner to be installed (concrete, tiles...) will also affect your budget.

On the technical room

The technical room or pool house allows you to control your pool so that upkeep and maintenance operations can be carried out easily. It contains the filtration system, pump, water treatment and heating equipment. Finally, if you'd like to use your pool house as a storage area, taking administrative steps may be required (depending on your country) such as :

  • A declaration of building /work
  • to apply for a building permit.

Focus on equipment selection

Depending on your budget, you can choose manual or smart equipment, such as ICO the pool water analyzer hat can be integrated into your home automation system.

What regulations apply?

Finally, if you're building your pool on your own or using the services of a professional, it's very important to make sure you comply with the regulations and standards in force in your country:

  • ISO or AFNOR safety regulations. This standard applies to the pool's hydraulic network, to the parts to be sealed in the installation, and to the filtration and water distribution systems.
  • AFNOR /ISO standards apply more broadly to the design of coping stones or terraces around the pool;
  • Finally, you are required to secure access to the pool with equipment (barriers, alarms, shelters, covers, etc.) that is also regulated.
  • Declare to your insurance: depending on the country you live in, you'll need to take out pool insurance to cover structural damage, as well as third-party liability insurance in the event of an accident involving a family member or third party in your pool.

Choose the right professional to create your project

Calling in a professional is recommended if you want an in-ground or semi-in-ground pool, as it requires a great deal of skill and guarantees compliance with standards and regulations. To carry out your project, you need to pay close attention to a number of criteria and seek out as much information as possible before committing yourself to the contractor of your choice.

  1. Choose a service provider in your region: site supervision will be easier and more regular. The company will certainly have a network of local partners if he needs to call on different trades (mason, plumber, electrician).
  2. Call on a network of pool professionals in your country or region, such as a pool professionals' trade union or Federation. They will certainly be able to recommend you certified companies.
  3. Find out which insurances and certificates a builder is required to have in order to carry out work, and then check that the company has them. Depending on the country, these documents may include an insurance certificate or professional liability insurance..
  4. Don't hesitate to consult customer reviews on the internet or social networks, and even contact customers directly to find out more about their experience with the contractor.
  5. Last but not least, it's essential to draw up a detailed contract (i.e. with details of the service expected, financial and work schedules).

To conclude about spa winterization

Pour profiter de votre piscine l’été prochain, n’hésitez pas à contacter des professionnels dés la fin d’été ou le début d’automne ! N’hésitez pas à vous appuyer sur un réseau de professionnels agréés et à consulter les avis de clients. Enfin pour choisir vos équipements et vous inspirer, rien de mieux que de visiter des showrooms, des salons et de lire la presse spécialisée Côté Piscine, Ambiance Piscines .